Thirty-five students gathered last night in the Lowell House Common Room to discuss Darwinism from scientific, political, theological, psychologic, and ethical standpoints.
As guest of honor and principal speaker the symposium featered George R. Agassiz '84, a past president of the Board of Overseers. Descended from a line of celebrated scientists, Agassiz was well qualified to talk on the contributions to the study of Darwin's theory by his father Alexander '55 and his grandfather Louis '48.
Discuss Work of Louis Agaseiz
Ancestor Louis is commonly recognized as the greatest professor the University ever had in zoology. As the foremost figure in American science Louis bitterly fought the ideas which Darwin gave to the world about the evolution of man from the ape.
David Worcester '28, Senior Tutor of Lowell House, gave a brief introductory talk and introduced six undergraduate speakers who read papers dealing with contemporary views held on evolution by biologists, statesmen, and philosophers.
Theory Roused Big Stir
Considered only from the attitude of the scientist, Darwin's theory was comparatively simple, Worcester emphasized. Darwin's principles, somehow or other, immediately exceeded the bounds of a technical treatise and aroused the whole world to inquire into the significance of evolution. When world-renowned authorities conclusively proved that Genesis was thoroughly inaccurate, a disastrous storm of emotion, such as is hard for the modern man to grasp, overran the minds of humanity.